This survey is around 15 minutes long, and explores how you feel about sustainability and how you view it in your life. It is aimed at those aged 12 to 25, and all your answers will be confidential. The idea is to help you explore your thinking, knowledge and assumptions. In turn, your answers will help us at SEEd to design better programmes for you! 

An anonymous summary of your answers (and other students in your school) may be sent to your school so they can use this as a baseline to build on. At SEEd, we will use your answers to write reports and promote sustainability and environmental education.

You do not have to answer these questions if you do not want to. But if you do choose to answer them then please try to answer all questions as honestly as possible. Remember that there is no right or wrong answer. 

By completing this survey, you are agreeing to take part in this research. If you have any questions about the research, please contact Isa Clee (isa@se-ed.org.uk)

Thank you

Ann Finlayson, Isa Clee and the SEEd team

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* 1. What is the first thing you think of if I say 'Sustainability'?

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* 2. Young people we have worked with have identified 12 issues that they think are the biggest environmental concerns. Please tick the three you think are the most important.

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* 3. Which of the following terms have you heard of?

  Yes, I have heard of this and understand what it means Yes, I have heard of this but am unsure what it means I have never heard of this
Green Economics
Biodiversity
Climate change
Ethical investment
Net-Zero Carbon
Nature
Conservation
Organic farming
Fair trade
Circular Economy
Rewilding
Social Justice
Gender Equality
Poverty reduction
Carbon footprint

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* 4. The aim of Sustainable Development is 'to create a fair and just world living within the Earth's resources now and for future generations'.
Do you feel that our society is doing this?

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* 5. If sustainability could be broken down into eight key issues; in what order would you 'rate' these issues, with 1 being the most important, and 8 being the least important

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* 6. Which of the following parts of society do you think should be most responsible for making sustainability happen? Please tick the top three in your opinion.

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* 7. What actions do you think you could take to live more sustainably?

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* 8. When you think about your own personal future, what are three things you imagine in it?

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* 9. Young people have identified 10 sustainability issues they believe will affect their personal futures. Please tick three you think will affect your future.

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* 10. We would like you to imagine the year is 2050. What do you think life might be like for a child called Alex, who is your age now? Please complete the following sentences:

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* 11. We would like to know where you have learnt about sustainability and climate change, please can you tick all that apply.

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* 12. What do you think you are being taught about sustainability (e.g. things that contribute to creating a fair and just world living within the Earth's resources)?

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* 13. What sources do you trust to teach you about sustainability and climate change?

  Trust Somewhat trust Neither trust nor distrust Somewhat distrust Distrust
Teachers
Family
Friends
Experts
Faith groups
Social media
Google and other internet searches
Newspapers
Television
Magazines
Government
Businesses
Social justice and Environmental organisations

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* 14. What would you like to be taught that would help you live sustainably?

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* 15. Have you completed this survey before?

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* 16. How old are you?

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* 17. Are you…

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* 18. What country do you live in?

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* 19. If you are currently in education, please tick the level you are at?

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* 20. If you are filling this in at school, your teacher might give you a code to enter here, or encourage you to write the school name here.

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* 21. Is there anything else you want to say or tell us about?

Thank you for taking part.
If you would like to find out more about what we do at SEEd please visit www.se-ed.co.uk or send an email to admin@se-ed.org.uk
The latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report (2018) tells us that we have 12 years in which to stabilise and reduce our impact on the environment before we enter runaway climate change.

Environmental Sustainability: Is about managing human activity in a way that does not destabilise the natural environment, it is normal for various forms of life to use resources and deposit waste in their environments, but in the natural environment these are in equilibrium. 

Sustainable Development: Development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is economic development conducted without the depletion of natural resources. 

Climate change: A long-term change in the Earth's climate that may render the earth inhabitable for humans, especially a change due to an increase in the average atmospheric temperature: Melting glaciers imply that life in the Arctic is affected by climate change. 

Thank you for completing our survey. Please remember that all information and opinions given in this survey are entirely anonymous and will be used solely by SEEd for research purposes.

This survey is the first second part of a two-stage process through which we will seek to better understand young people's understanding and needs towards sustainability and the topics that this encompasses. By completing this survey, you are participating as part of our wider survey group.

We want to know if young people are thinking about sustainability and climate issues, their specific worries and focuses within these topics, and how young people feel about these with regards to their futures. 

This quest for information stems from our desire to tailor our learning, teaching, and facilitation techniques to better meet the needs of the young people that we will be working with in the future.

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